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“We visit often with our Golden Retreiver”

Sebastian Inlet State Recreation Area
Ranked #2 of 112 things to do in Melbourne
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 3 June 2014

For 8 bucks you get entrance to both sides of the Inlet. On the North side is a very good beach where surfers go. Also the fishing pier with some very serious non boating fisherpersons (40% women). Good facilities just redone in 2014.Fun to beach and watch the birds and the fish. Check out Google for all the websites including the fish cam and Daily fishing report http://www.sebastianinletdistrict.com/fishing.jhtml?method=list .
On the South side you can go to the Ocean side or the Inlet side where there are Pavilions, grills, and camping sites for reservation. This is the only official area you can bring a dog on a leash since most of IRC beaches are closed to dogs. Our Golden loves the Inlet Side.
Where can you spend a day and have fun for 8 bucks?

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Reviewed 2 June 2014

Beach, fishing, camping, concerts, enjoy time with family and friends, restaurant, also Bait and Tackle on site. This place is so well managed at a point that (for those who live far from Sebastian Inlet) if you want to know how the weather looks like in real time, you can go to http://www.sebastianinletcam.com/ This place is worth the trip, they open 'till midnight! $8 just for parking and just enjoy yourself there. Bathrooms are clean!

2  Thank Mibsam V
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Beaches:
The beaches are nice, typical of the Atlantic Ocean side with brown sand and decent waves if you like to boogie board, ride the waves or just body surf. We went to the beach North of the North jetty. Although jelly fish postings were up, we did not see any in the 5 days we were there. NO lifeguards on duty in the park. We did see a manatee swim by very near us during low tide. You will see turtles on the beach as well. The downside is that you have to get in your car and cross over the causeway bridge to get to the North beaches including the kids swim area. That means you wait in line to get back into the other side of the park with all the other entrants to the park to get back to your campsite. On busy days, the entrances can close due to high volume. Get their early and be prepared to wait in line.

Camping:
In the 4 years we lived in FL. we have camped at a lot of state parks. This was not our favorite. Cramped camping area, little privacy between sites and all sites either have a cement slab or what seems like cement with gravel over it - most likely to accommodate giant RVs. Therefore, tent campers try to find a spot where they can stake down tents. We also had a screened in canopy over the picnic table which posed an additional challenge of where to put it where it can be staked. We needed to bring a drill to make it work. In site #43 where we stayed, the campfire ring was located in a prime spot, under the tree, of course. Great place for RV'ers but a prime tent spot for campers now filled with used ash. We were surprised that so many things we in need of repair. Out of Order signs were on the washing machine, one stall in the ladies rest room and on the soda machine near the ranger station. Nothing got fixed in the 5 days we were there. The rangers don't really patrol that we could see. The campers next to us played the TV in their tent so loud that we had to go over and ask them to turn it down - at 2:30am. Camping means dealing with inconsiderate neighbors as well, I guess especially in close quarters. When we asked the ranger about it the next day, we specifically asked if the ranger on the last rounds (11pm) looked for these type of things. She was noncommittal. This park also does not get gait secured at night so anyone can drive in and out whenever they want. We heard cars driving around at 3am. Other parks have a secured gate to the camping area at certain times which we prefer. Know your campsite and what is can accommodate. Expect mosquitoes and no-see-ums. I agree with the other reviewer, they seem to be attracted to Off. I received hundreds of bites while there for 5 days and slathered the stuff on.

Not much for food or amenities around so if you need groceries or want to eat out, be prepared to drive.

1  Thank 57Lulu
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

We were staying in the area and ended up spending a couple of days at this park because it was such a wonderful place. The beach area around the "kiddie pool" is great for families because the water is calm and nice for swimming. My son loved watching the woodstorks and egrets that hang out and fish in the shallows. I spent some time snorkeling along the rocks outside this area and was treated to a manatee encounter (came right up to me to have a closer look) and schools of huge fish feet from shore. Snorkeling is definitely tricky because it's only safe within minutes of slack tide and visibility is minimal but if you can catch the slack tide on a clear day, you will see loads of fish. Also saw quite a few sea turtles on the other side of the park (across the bridge) grazing on the rocks along the pier.

3  Thank Sarshebert
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

I have visited Sebastian Inlet State Park many times. The park has something for every one, including a public boat launch, fish cleaning tables, multiple picnic tales, clean public restrooms, a fishing pier, campsites, a snack bar/restaurant on the Northside, fishing jetty and beautiful beaches for swimming, sunning, surfing and fishing.

1  Thank George C
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